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Most in U.S. want ban on smoking in public: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Most Americans want smoking banned in all public places but only 19 percent believe that cigarette smoking should be illegal in the United States, a Gallup poll published on Friday said. The Princeton, New Jersey-based pollster found in its July 7-10 telephone survey that for the…

Smoking bans on the rise but more needed: WHO

Anti-smoking measures have become so widespread that they now affect some 3.8 billion people — just over half the world’s population, the World Health Organization said Thursday. But the WHO called for more action, warning that tobacco use could kill a billion people or more over the course of the…

Native Americans frown on proposed tobacco taxes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. municipal bonds backed by payments from cigarette makers on Friday extended a rally sparked by hopes that Big Tobacco and state governments were closer to dividing up nearly $6.5 billion of escrowed funds. But the draft was bashed by a Native-American tribe which says it…

‘Predatory’ cigarette marketing to U.S. black youth: study

SAN FRANCISCO — Menthol cigarettes are marketed to African-American youths in a “predatory” manner through more ads and lower prices near California high schools, said a US study released on Friday. Researchers at Stanford University said their findings, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, show that menthol cigarette…

U.S. plans set of graphic cigarette warning labels

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government on Tuesday unveiled a new set of cigarette warnings with graphic images of a lifeless body, a scarred mouth and a blackened lung in order to highlight the health risks of smoking. “Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings…

In Indonesia, tobacco smoke promoted as cancer cure

JAKARTA (AFP) – An Indonesian woman exhales cigarette smoke into the mouth of a gaunt, naked patient at a Jakarta clinic, where tobacco is openly touted as a cancer cure. The Western patient is suffering from emphysema, a condition she developed from decades of smoking. Along with cancer and autism,…

Smoking causes gene damage in minutes

WASHINGTON DC, United States—Those first few puffs on a cigarette can within minutes cause genetic damage linked to cancer, US scientists said in a study released Saturday. In fact, researchers said the “effect is so fast that it’s equivalent to injecting the substance directly into the bloodstream,” in findings described…

Sales of electronic cigarettes rise, as does criticism

Makers of electronic cigarettes are reporting strong growth in sales as anti-tobacco laws force European smokers into the cold streets, but campaigners say the device is undercutting health efforts. Spain joined Sunday the ranks of countries that have outlawed smoking in enclosed public space after a wave of similar legislation…

Study: YouTube clips push tobacco

YouTube has become an arena for encouraging smoking among young people, hosting videos that link major cigarette brands with celebrities, music, sporting success and cartoons, according to medical research published on Thursday. Lacking restrictions on tobacco ads that apply to TV, radio, newspapers and event sponsorship, the popular Internet site…

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